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Sunday Backtrack: What Are Your Goals?

This past week I asked you all what your goals were and the response was overwhelming. Readers here are working on a list of projects as varied and interesting as the readers themselves, so I thought it would be fun for you all to see the list.

Lots of people are deadlifting, trying to do pullups, and trying to lose weight. Predictable and wonderful goals. But others are learning to knit, baking cinnamon rolls from scratch, or want to try Thai food. We have writers who are struggling to write and people who are trying to clean their bathroom every week.

It takes all kinds…we are the proof.

Here is a handful (a large handful) of the goals you have all set for yourselves.

  • Weight-loss — Drop 30 lbs by this time next year
  • Cycling — Work up to cycling a 1200k like PBP before I’m 50 (got 20 years to work on that one)…so far I can do a 200k
  • Kettlebell/fitness: Press “the beast” — at some point…but right now I’m still working on C&P my 1 pood kb with my weak arm.
  • Martial Arts: within the next year: get my Sandan in Karate, my Nidan in Battojutsu, and be ready to test for my Black sash in Gungfu by my 32nd birthday.
  • Get my Master’s
  • Clean the bathroom every week
  • 350lb deadlift and 20 pullups
  • 1st place in upcoming tae kwon do tournament
  • Get MCSA by next summer
  • Maintain six-month rule for anything I own (if I haven’t used it in six months, it goes)
  • To establish a better daily routine
  • To continue to learn how to help my son
  • To not let the trials in my life steal my joy
  • Short term: to finish Anna Karenina
  • Deadlift 350 again
  • chins 75#x5
  • Make accelerations and hill sprints a solid part of my routine
  • get solid on my cleans and learn to snatch (barbell)
  • Enter the world of the kettlebell. (If I keep sleeping with my personal trainer, I’ll be RKC material in no time.) That’s my wife, everyone.
  • Lose the baby weight. (But don’t lose the baby. He’s learned how to escape the house.)
  • I love to cook and bake. But I also love to eat. Make this part of my life fit in with goals 1 and 2
  • Have a good holiday
  • Become an Internet Baron
  • 20 pullups (deadhang)
  • Close the Captain of Crush #2 — currently working with the “Trainer” and #1
  • Drop 30 pounds
  • 20 pullups
  • start writing my blogs regularly again
  • continue losing weight
  • stick to my swimming routine (1/2 mile 4 times x week, working my way up to 1 mile)
  • write, write, write, write
  • finish my novel so I can get it out of my system and move on
  • as an alternative, burn all the material relative to said novel and move on (very scary)
  • decide on a new career path and find a job!
  • Deadlift over 2.25 X bodyweight (or 400lbs)
  • 220 deadhang pullups
  • Finish the book I’m writing
  • Finish my first romantic/suspense novel and get it published.
  • Start my business.
  • Get out of Vegas!
  • Learn how to knit, especially one pattern I’m struggling with
  • Try Thai Food
  • Donate blood at least once a year
  • Read 25 children’s books that have been published in the past year
  • Bake Cinnamon Rolls from scratch
  • Loan “Education of a Wandering Man” by L’Amour to someone who might appreciate it
  • Attend a basic yoga class
  • Go at least 7 days without watching any TV or movies
  • Lose 15 pounds
  • Make a handmade gift for each niece and nephew
  • 60kg kettlebell jerk x 30 reps
  • Close C of C gripper #3 (5mm to go)
  • Lift the 78kg Inch dumbbell to lock out
  • Clean and Press 67kg Inch bell
  • Become as popular as Josh Hanagarne


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  • We Fly Spitfires August 2, 2009, 7:26 pm

    Very interesting to see what people’s goals are and how varied they can be. That six-month rule one is very interesting 🙂 I’m not sure I could part with my stuff after only 6 months of non-use!

  • Sara August 2, 2009, 11:36 pm

    Very inspiring!!!